CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1994 |
Efforts to curb Los Angeles' deadly New Year's Eve ritual--random gunfire--continued to pay off, making the countdown to 1994 among the safest in recent history. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said five people were injured by falling bullets, compared with 16 injuries a year ago. Calls reporting random gunfire dropped to 502 from 777 the year before. In Los Angeles, police reported that two people were injured, both in Boyle Heights, compared with one injury in Pacoima last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1998
"I've been stressed. I'm going to be in my bed and can't even do the countdown." Sonia, a 17-year-old doing time for robbery and car theft, on the prospect of spending New Year's Eve in juvenile hall. B1
January 8, 2000
Heidi Siegmund Cuda missed the boat with "Party Town Misses Its Millennial Moment" (Jan. 3). She claims Los Angeles "got caught with its pants down" because we had no massive New Year's Eve festival, and blames the empty streets on Y2K fears. Nonsense. (And did it occur to her that perhaps Pink's closed early due to those empty streets, not out of millennium panic?) Our sprawling metropolis has no central gathering place, and thus had no central celebration. Instead, we had a most American--and Californian--alternative: a wide array of choices.
June 18, 1989 |
A judge has declined to imprison a pensioner and his wife who robbed a bank at gunpoint because they couldn't afford their mortgage payment. Herbert Butler, 65, and his wife, Eleni, 61, admitted holding up a London bank last New Year's Eve in an effort to meet mortgage payments of $2,140 a month. They receive a monthly pension of $41. In Friday's decision, Judge Raymond Dean in Old Bailey Court gave the Butlers a two-year suspended sentence and let them go. "You are both of retirement age and must have been quite desperate to embark on that course of action," he said.
December 30, 1986 |
The business of renting party supplies is often a competitive one. But nowhere is it likely to be more so than on Topanga Canyon Boulevard near Sherman Way. In that little corner of Canoga Park, two of the San Fernando Valley's leading party-rental outlets are just several doors away from one another. And the year-end holiday season is a big time for both. "We're friendly competitors," said Greg Kosct, owner of AA Rentals & Sales.
January 1, 2005 |
New Year's Eve was unusually quiet here. The typical bustle at liquor stores and supermarkets was slow to materialize. And instead of seeing their busiest night of the year, numerous bars shuttered their doors. At the Time4Thai restaurant, one of dozens here that specialize in Thai menus and decor, a sign called on patrons to donate the money they planned to spend on food to the Red Cross.
November 10, 1996 |
Three years before the New Year party of the century, champagne makers are licking their lips at the prospect of huge demand for their special millennium bubbly at up to $90 a glass. For those who want to uncork the very best when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 1999, the sky is virtually the limit as French champagne houses prepare luxury offerings for as much as 12,500 francs ($2,400) for a giant-sized bottle.
December 28, 2006 |
YES, it sometimes does feel as if, in the words of OK Go frontman Damien Kulash, "It's always New Year's Eve in Vegas." But that just means Sin City needs to up the ante for the biggest party night of the year. When 2006 is sent into the record books, people in Las Vegas will have quite a few options, whether you want to hear live music, see acrobatics or pay a few hundred bucks to say you partied with a celeb.
December 19, 1999
In addition to numerous private parties and special events at hotels and restaurants, here are some of the New Year's Eve events being planned in Orange County: * Disneyland, Anaheim. The theme park will offer a number of bands, midnight fireworks, all its regular attractions and extended hours for its New Year's fete. The ticket price will remain $39 for adults and $29 for children, although ticket sales may well shut down as the park reaches capacity. (714) 781-4565.